The program includes five hours per week of didactic conferences, in addition to work rounds and bedside teaching. Residents are excused from clinical responsibilities during all rotations in order to attend conferences, which are held every Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.. Conferences include:
EM I residents begin, literally, as students. Residents are given an intense exposure to the basic skills that are the foundation of the practice of Emergency Medicine. They are given a clear sense of how each rotation meets the goals of becoming an emergency physician. Residents learn the overall orientation and approach of the emergency physician, grow comfortable in the Emergency Department setting, and begin to manage acutely ill or injured patients.
EM II residents begin to acquire the breadth of clinical experiences necessary for a successful education. Residents are expected to be able to initiate management of most types of patient problems, and they assume greater responsibility for larger numbers of patients at an individualized speed. Rotations outside the Emergency Department in both the second and third year reflect a variety of increasingly focused and intense experiences that meet specific goals of training.
EM III residents continue to acquire breadth of experience. With experience comes maturity of skill and judgement. EM III residents are able to make disposition decisions, assume leadership in resuscitations, and by the end of the third year, they should be able to manage all aspects of care for most patient problems.
The EM IV year allows residents significant teaching, administrative and supervisory experience. Residents not only continue to acquire clinical experience, but they also have ample opportunity to refine their personal, interactive styles.